Volunteer Profile: Ratty Boi Bio by Unknown Denver Writes Participant, Aged 13

One of our most treasured volunteers is of course, Ratty boy, or as we call him “Real Muscular Rat”. He came to our program when we found him drinking curdled milk in a ditch a few years ago. While his fur was matted, and his eyes were bloodshot, he fit right in with our kids (probably because of those things). Nowadays, you can find him at workshops gnawing blankly on a piece of metal, or affectionately scratching at ankles. If you come to see him, make sure you bring him a ladle of sewer goo, one of his favorite delicacies (we assume it reminds him of home). Watch him skuttle, squirm, or flop around with us! Come to Denver Writes today and meet this wee little guy yourself. 

Him on a good day.

Icarus – Chris, 17

Last night I dreamed of Icarus


As he fell from the sky


After making headway


With wax wings to fly.


Last night I dreamed of freedom


In every shape and form


Because freedom


Is something given not born.


Last night I dreamed of fear


And the way it takes a toll


On the mind and the body


And the moments it stole.


Last night I dreamed of lightning


And the way it shakes the earth


Binding and frightening


And something in reverse.


You see


Last night I dreamt of Icarus


Careening from the sky


Heading towards the mountains


Where river nymphs lie.


And Apollo plays his lyre


In a way that sets some kind of fire


In the minds


And hearts


Of those who desire.


Last night I dreamt of Icarus


And his want for freedom


And I can see


Why Apollo wanted to meet him.

Denver Writes Merchandise is now avaliable!

Denver Writes Merchandise!

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Scary Stories 2021!



Ella, 9

Avery, 10

Charlie, 12

Sammy, 13

Audrey, 12

Elliot, 10

Lilly, 13

Marion, 12

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Scary Stories 2019!

Thank you to everyone for joining us last weekend for our 11th (!!!) Annual Scary Stories Workshop! Many thanks to our wonderful friends at the Four Mile Park for giving us a home!


Check out the recordings from our spooky writers:


and check out some spooky noises

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9th Annual Valentine’s Workshop and Fundraiser!

Our (second) favorite annual workshop is just around the corner on February 3rd!

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Followed by our Valentine’s Fundraiser on February 10th at BookBar from 10 -2. As with previous years, you’ll be able to order a custom valentine made by one of our amazing writers!

Sign up for this workshop here!

The Deadline for Pre orders is 9:59 AM on February 10th PRE ORDER HERE or order your card in person during our fundraser!


OnDenver Spotlight on Denver Writes

I was recently contacted by Libby from OnDenver, and she wanted to include Denver Writes in their weekly non-profit spotlight! I was nervous and uncomfortable at first, but after a while I really got into the interview and gave a good amount (maybe too much) of information. It is a little weird/surreal to watch/listen to myself — the only other interviews I’ve done for Denver Writes have been radio only — but I really like how this turned out, it does a great job spotlighting what we do and shines a great light on our wonderful partner BookBar!

More updates are on the way, stay tuned!

Kevin Peterson, Program Director.


Denver Writes Interviews Local Musicians


Because of all the fun we had in interviewing musicians for this year’s Denver Day of Rock, we were asked by Listen Up Denver! to do another round of interviews, this time for Colorado bands who will be competing for their chance to play alongside ZZ Top, Taj Mahal, Gregg Allman and more at September’s Telluride Blues and Brews Festival.

Check out the interviews our very own Denver Writes writers conducted below!

Lauren interviews Chris Daniels & The Kings

Kate interviews Michael Hornbuckle

Lilia interviews Union Driftwood

Jose interviews Augustus

Ella interviews Rachel & The Ruckus

September Volunteer Spotlight: Maryanna Brunkhorst

Each month, Denver Writes highlights phenomenal volunteers without which the work we do would not be possible. This is an opportunity to get to know them just a little bit better!

Click here to find out about why Maryanna Brunkhorst wishes she could speak Portuguese and what she means about tasting life twice!


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